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Genres are ThrillerDr Produced in 2011, UK
Available Quality: DivX
Rating: 6.6 out of 10 (247 votes)
|Richard Dormer||Anna Chancellor||Lisa Kay||David Suchet|
|Philip Glenister||Nina Hossain||Matthew Marsh|
When a mysterious lawyer Gina Hawkes turns up asking Harry to find a missing alibi witness for her client he agrees to take on the job but is unwittingly drawn into investigating the death of his brother 20 years ago. Harry quickly finds himself caught up in a much bigger and more complex conspiracy that reaches deep into the heart of the British political system.
19 June 2013
Good acting - disappointing finish
I enjoyed the acting, Philip Glenister reminded me more of an updated"Callan", disheveled, unshaven, half asleep etc.. It was good to seeDavid Suchet out of his "Poirot" skin for a while, although I had hopedto see more of a role for him. Anna Chancellor is a fine actress who Ihave seen do justice to many roles was underused,given her talents.Nevertheless the cast was well thought out and worked well together.The storyline was another matter. The plot zig-zagged all over theplace. I appreciate the need for suspense, but many questions wentunanswered. Why were Gina's parents killed? (Because they were abrilliant legal team?) What had the earlier crime, the killing atBraddock House have to to do with the events 20 years later? Maybe Imissed something but there seemed to be quite a few loose ends thatnever got resolved. And, what happened to Elspeth? The ending was notsatisfying. Maybe there will be a fifth episode.Or perhaps a new PI series based upon Philip Glenister's character.With a better plot and no loose strings, it could probably gosomewhere.
01 June 2013
Ducking and diving with aplomb
I found the opening episode, satisfyingly convoluted, with a tough-guyLawyer cum PI, government conspiracies, an unresolved murder from thepast, an impossibly beautiful mysterious solicitor, an incident inParis, etc. Our hero Harry Vern is exactly the kind of role that PhilipGlenister excels in, with his gung-ho physicality, just about stoppingshort of boorishness. He is a throwback to the PI's of the film noirera, who turn out to be smarter than your average bear and whoseantennae lights up when a juicy fee is dangled in front of their eyesby a sexy broad. Harry seems to know all the right people from thewrong side of the tracks, having been a getaway driver in his youth. Itwas during one such "mission" that his brother Mark was killed and thepromise that the identity of his killer will be revealed, is what Harryfinds particularly irresistible. A brewing government scandal does notinvolve Harry yet and attempts at this juncture, to join those dotstogether are futile. I suspect that you need to be a Glenister fan toreally get the most out of this and fortunately, I am one of those.Like Jason Statham, you always know exactly what you will get from him.
31 May 2013
Hide and seek
Improbably plotted, but well shot and acted, this four-part BBCthriller held me pretty much to attention throughout even as theconvolutions and implausibilities of the piece occasionally had mescratching my head in disbelief and or incredulity.With a plot taking in little bits of "The 39 Steps", "The ManchurianCandidate" and the more recent TV thriller "State Of Play", itsveracity boosted by the stranger-than-fiction subsequent real lifeevents of the background summer riots in Britain and right now theEurozone Crisis forcing the resignations of the Greek and Italian PrimeMinisters, it hands Philip Glenister a meaty role as a seedy solicitorwith a murky past caught up in events which inveigled his presumed-deadbrother, two brutal sets of family murders from 20 years ago and amodern day coup dreamed up a shady billionaire financier and hismysterious female collaborator, who have at their control a secret"assassination bureau" who take out opponents and hindrances withclinical ease except of course when it's Glenister's Harry Venn andThekla Reuten as his beautiful confederate as Gina Hawkes, like himdrawn into the matter by events of the past.The stuff about the secret army doesn't wash, the setting up of thecoup is likewise too fanciful, there are too many plot-holes with aslightly over-egged but still anti-climactic ending but Glenisterconvinces throughout and keeps you watching. The action sequences arewell handled with some memorable set-pieces inserted, particularly athrough-a-door killing late on but by the time you're left with thefinal image of Glenister gazing confusedly into space, it's more thanlikely your face will share that look too.
29 May 2013
Boring and disjointed
I was looking forward to this, some reasonably good write ups in thepaper, probably by critics who never watched it. David Suchet, PhilipGlenister are usually very good, not in this. I thought it would besomething on par with 'Shadow Line'.Unfortunately it didn't live up to expectations. Glenister is no babemagnet, so his attempt to be a Bond type in pursuit of Thekla Reutenwas pathetic.I lost interest after two episodes, the script being patchy, with theusual flashbacks keeping you wondering why the hell they need so manyof these. They are great if they are done properly as in 'Shadow Line',in 'Hidden' I couldn't see the need for any. The acting was hammish andas it went on it just became more boring. I guess it might be enjoyedby Glenister fans, but it really isn't very good.It was too long after two episodes so be prepared for a marathon.
29 May 2013
Exciting thriller let down by a poor ending.
Having recently enjoyed one fairly convoluted but excellent thriller inthe BBC; Namely 'The Shadow Line' I thought I'd give this one ago too.As things stared I was quickly drawn into the story; Solicitor HarryVenn is approached by a lawyer, Gina Hawkes, claiming to represent aman who has information about his brother and another man, Harry isunderstandably curious as his brother died twenty years previously!Flashback show that Harry wasn't always on the right side of the law.He had once been the driver for an apparent armed robbery where thehouseholder was killed along with two policemen. Intertwined withHarry's story we see that things aren't going well in the country;there are riots in the capital, the government is on the brink ofcollapse and there are allegations that the Prime Minister has beeninvolved in some sort of financial irregularity. Of course as this is athriller the two events aren't entirely unconnected. Over the course ofthe series Harry and Gina must try to find out what is going on andstop the villains from achieving their ultimate goal without beingkilled.For the most part I really enjoyed this series; Philip 'Gene Hunt'Glenister and Thekla Reuten where great as Harry and Gina and the restof the often well known cast did well in their rolesÂ the problemhowever was the ending; far too much was left unexplained; we learnthat various people were killed twenty years before and others wethought were dead aren't but there is no explanation about why; maybe Imissed something but twenty years seems an awfully long time to plan acoup! Still there was enough good stuff before the end to mean I didn'tregret watching it.